Date: 5th– 7th Oct, 2018
Venue : The Raviz Resort, Kadavu, Kozhikode, Kerala
Vythiri is a small town and tourist destination located in the Wayanad district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is one of the three Taluks in the district with the other two being Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery. Vythiri area has 18 villages. Towns in this taluk include Lakkidi, Vythiri, Chundale, Meppadi, Kalpetta, and Kaniyambetta. Kalpetta is the headquarters of Vythiri Taluk.
Muthanga (Bandipur)/ Tholpetty (Nagarholla)
Established in 1973, Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The management lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration for the general lifestyle of the tribals and others who live in and around the forest region.The Sanctuary has a large population of pachyderms and has been declared a Project Elephant site.
If you thought Kerala is all about spices and legendary temples, then God’s own country has got some precious surprise for you. Calicut or Kozhikode is one of those places in south India where being a tourist is just not enough. You have to travel to discover this enticing beauty. Located on the Malabar Coast, this city has a much attractive historical background.
The city was a famous trading hub for spices during medieval period. Do you wonder where the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed first when he entered India? Yes, it was Calicut. Calicut was the first location which put us on the international sea route for trade of spices and other goods.
Muzhappilangad(Drive in beach)
Kerala’s only drive-in beach, the Muzhappilangad beach which stretches across four kilometres of sand where one can drive down the entire length. The drive is ideal for sampling the famed Malabar cuisine from the many eateries in the immediate hinterland. Black rocks protect this long, clean beach from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer’s paradise.
Adventure sports like paragliding, parasailing and microlite flights are possible at the Muzhappilangad Beach in Thalassery. Other attractions include water sports, power boating or a simple catamaran ride.
Banasura Sagar Boating
Rejoice in the serene experience of boating in Banasura Sagar Dam, the largest earth dam in India. The backdrop of Banasura Hills, further adds to the appeal.
Arrive at Kalpetta. You can partake in this tour of 20 minutes anytime between 9am and 5pm. Wear the safety jackets, be seated on the pedal boat and pedal away. The sight of lofty green mountains appearing to touch the sky contrasting with the little fishes swimming around in the blue water makes for quite an experience. Breathe in the fresh air, feel rejuvenated and head back to the starting point.
Calicut (Beypore) Seaport
Beypore is located in Kozhikode at the mouth of the Chaliyar River. Historically, it has a special place as being one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours, and was also an important trade and maritime centre during the days of the early Arab and Chinese travellers and later the Europeans. Soon after gaining prominence as a port and trade centre, Beypore slowly began to flourish as a centre for shipbuilding, since ships were in great demand merchants from Western Asia. The shipbuilding yard at Beypore port is famous for its traditional construction of the Uru or the Arabian trading vessel. This tradition of shipbuilding is nearly 1,500 years old, and the craftsmanship of the workers here is exceptional.
Traditionally, Arabs constitute the major chunk of buyers. They place orders with their specifications and needs. Unlike modern day shipbuilding involving the development of blueprint and machinery to facilitate manufacturing of ships, here, at Beypore everything is conceived in the minds of the shipwrights, who as a team execute the highly intricate woodwork to perfection. It is an amazing aspect if one is to observe the manner in which the Uru takes shape with minimum sophistication in production. The entire team observes certain work ethics, of which discipline is the foremost. A visit to this historic place is a must in order to have a close look at some of the deft fingers and alert minds, measuring and fixing different parts of the ship to perfection.